American Made (2017)

Mr Show Pony himself, Tom Cruise, is here recycling his usual mannerisms – the grin, the hand gestures – even revisiting his own cinematic past as a pilot. Yet this time around his showboating is not meant to be wholly admired. Originally, Cruise was liked by the public, then fell out of the public’s good graces for some reasons…sofa jumping on Oprah, shilling for a cult, suing gay porn star after gay porn star until they were pauperized…but now, due to his skill as an actor, he is conditionally liked again. Director Doug Liman, having directed The Bourne Identity and Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow, knows a thing or two about fast pace, intrigue, and the limits of idealism. And American Made really is American made! Amazing. [Read more…]

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The Firm (1993 USA)

The-Firm-1993-tom-cruise-27898687-500-336An early shooting script for this ended with Mitchell McDeere (Tom Cruise) blowing away all the partners in a restaurant with an AK-47. Thank goodness they didn’t run with that idea. It made me appreciate the re-write by David Rayfiel and Robert Towne. Moving on…in the early 1990’s, movies based on lawyers and law were the fashion, so it’s no surprise that many of John Grisham’s books were adapted onto the big screen during this time. And I imagine that dude was totally stoked by all the success and accolades he received. [Read more…]

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